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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fid-l]
    • /ˈfɪd l/
    • /ˈfɪd.l̩/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fid-l]
    • /ˈfɪd l/

Definitions of fiddle word

  • noun fiddle a musical instrument of the viol family. 1
  • noun fiddle violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra. 1
  • noun fiddle Nautical. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off tables and stoves. 1
  • noun fiddle British Informal. swindle; fraud. 1
  • verb without object fiddle to play on the fiddle. 1
  • verb without object fiddle to make trifling or fussing movements with the hands (often followed by with): fiddling with his cuffs. 1

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Origin of fiddle

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fithele (cognate with German Fiedel, Dutch vedel, Old High German fidula) probably < Vulgar Latin *vītula (cf. viol, viola1), perhaps derivative of Latin vītulārī to rejoice

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Parts of speech for Fiddle


fiddle popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fiddle usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fiddle

verb fiddle

  • fool — to trick, deceive, or impose on: They tried to fool him.
  • fidget — to move about restlessly, nervously, or impatiently.
  • interfere — to come into opposition, as one thing with another, especially with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often followed by with): Constant distractions interfere with work.
  • trifle — an article or thing of very little value.
  • play — a dramatic composition or piece; drama.

noun fiddle

  • fraud — deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage.
  • scam — a confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
  • contrivance — If you describe something as a contrivance, you disapprove of it because it is unnecessary and artificial.

Antonyms for fiddle

verb fiddle

  • workHenry Clay, 1832–84, U.S. songwriter.
  • leave alone — separate, apart, or isolated from others: I want to be alone.

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